RELIGIOUS MANIAC ESCAPEE

On this day …….. 12th of June 1896 Information has been received by the Wodonga police that a man named Patrick Sheridan, an inmate of the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, escaped from that institution on the 12th of June 1896. Sheridan is described as a man of 55 years of age, 8 feet high, with beard […]

GAOL BREAKING

On This Day ……. 11th June 1919 Albert Young, the youth who escaped from the local Geelong Gaol on the 4th of June, while on remand, was before the police court on several charges of larceny, all alleged to have been committed during the last couple of weeks. He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment […]

ESCAPED CONVICT – GEELONG GAOL

On this day …….. 10th of June 1920 At 6:30pm on the 10th of June 1920, a prisoner named Josphe Bouchier, who was under going a sentence of three months’ imprisonment for larceny, escaped from the Geelong Gaol. Bouchier was found in bed at a Melbourne boarding house the following night. He was taken back […]

LUNATIC ERNEST VICTOR KODSKON

On this day …….. 10th of June 1876 A powerful and dangerous looking foreigner, Ernest Victor Kodskon, who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum on the 10th of June 1876, reached the dwelling of Mr. Ancrum Heriot, and frightened the inmates, as he had a stout stick in bis hand. He craved and obtained shelter […]

Frederick “Josh” Clark – Geelong gaol

Date of birth: 1829 Native Place: England Trade: Whitesmith Hight: 5ft 7in Complexion: Fresh Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Geelong Gaol: 1888, 1889, 1894 The death of Frederick Clarke, better known as “Josh ” Clarke, took place in the Geelong gaol on the on the 4th August 1904, which brought to the end one of the […]

ESCAPE FROM SARAH ISLAND

On this day …….. 7th of June 1824 Matthew Brady and 13 other convicts escaped from the notorious penal Settlement on Sarah Island, Tasmania by boat on this day in 1824. They remained at large for the best part of two years and became increasingly daring as time passed. When Governor Arthur increased the reward […]

Circus animals escape in Broome

On This Day ……. 6th June 2013 A number of circus animals have been recaptured after breaking loose in the middle of Broome. Cows, camels, llamas, horses and donkeys escaped from their temporary enclosure on Male Oval this morning after a fence post came loose. It took Circus Royale staff about 10 minutes to round […]

ESCAPED WITHIN A 100 YARDS

On this day …….. 2nd of June 1915 Arthur William Hope, 26, who was in custody in the Geelong gaol for larceny, offensive behaviour, and vagrancy, was to have appeared in the Police, Court on the 2nd of June 1915, but he escaped while being escorted by Senior Constable Allen from the gaol to the […]

ESCAPED ELEPHANT

On this day …….. 9th of December 1938 An elephant escaped from a circus at Bentleigh on this night in 1938, and walked into the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Mall. The elephant made a great mess of the garden before mounting the front verandah and tried to turn around an electric light fitting. While […]

Escaped elephant – Richmond

On This Day ……. 29th October 1954 Escaped Elephant – Richmond An escaped elephant from Wirth’s Circus’ temporary camp outside Olympic Park in Richmond, Melbourne caused a mild panic on the 29th October 1954. At 9.30 p.m. a check was made by the boys guarding the elephants, and it was found that one was missing. […]

Stringybark Creek Police Shooting

On this day …….. 26th of October 1878 A group of four policemen from Mansfield set out to search for the Kelly brothers who they thought were hiding in the bush near Mansfield. They set up camp at Stringbark Creek on 25 October 1878, not knowing that the Kellys were living in a small hut […]

Two escaped from Geelong gaol

ON THIS DAY…… 3rd October 1962 Two prisoners Robert Leslie Dennis aged 26, and Donald John McCumber aged 29, escaped from the Geelong Gaol on the 3rd of October 1962. After steeling a car in Swanston st, Geelong they headed north to the boarder. An intensive hunt was made for them throughout South-West N.S.W. after […]